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Exclusive album launch gig at city centre venue
Midland rockers The Bad Flowers will launch their debut album at Birmingham Asylum 2 on February 17, 2018. The Cannock band will play all the tracks from Starting Gun, plus a few surprise numbers.
The Bad Flowers: Karl Selickis, Tom Leighton, Dale Tonks (pic: Mark Varney)
These are good times for the trio – they are also special guests on Stone Broken's nationwide 12-date UK tour that starts on February 22 at The Haunt in Brighton.
Starting Gun, the follow-up to 2016's self-titled EP, was recorded at Vigo Studios, in Walsall, near Cannock, chosen by the band because of its vicinity to their home town - and because it gave them the chance to work with long-time friend, producer Adam Beddow, who has recently helped produce Diamond Head's current work.
Best songs: Tom Leighton (pic: Terry Marland)
Singer and guitarist Tom Leighton says: ''The whole process of recording this album has been a huge labour of love. It's come at the right time in our progression; we originally wanted to record an album two years ago but shelved the idea at that point, and I glad we did! The last two years have seen us play some shows with some amazing artists and we've all been through some ups and downs, as everybody does, but I think it's helped us to write some of our best songs.''
Slugging away: Dale Tonks (pic: Mark Varney)
Bassist Dale Tonks adds: ''Recording the album has been one hell of a ride. It's been hours in the practice room and studio slugging away and sometimes giving each other a constructive kick up the backside, trying to better ourselves and mould the songs into what we want them to be. We never wanted to over-complicate the songs or lose the meaning and passion that has gone into them. We've put everything into every single track.''
Emotions: Karl Selickis (pic: Mark Varney)
Drummer Karl Selickis concludes: ''We've all encountered many different emotions during the year-long process of writing and recording. I think the album shows true dedication to a new generation rock revival. Not only has it had us work our knuckles to the bare bone, it has made us tighter as a unit as friends and as a family!''
Tickets for the Birmingham Asylum 2 gig on February 17 are priced £8.80.
The 2018 tour dates with Stone Broken and Jared James Nichols are:
Feb 22: The Haunt, Brighton; Feb 24: Islington Assembly Hall, London; Feb 25: Club Academy, Manchester; Feb 26: G2, Glasgow; Feb 28: Riverside, Newcastle; Mar 1: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham;
Mar 2: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd;
Mar 3: 02 Institute2, Birmingham;
Mar 4: Corporation, Sheffield;
Mar 6: Live Rooms, Chester;
Mar 7: The Fleece, Bristol.